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Volume 20 No. 1 • Spring 2007 

IMSA's Trailblazing President ^ \^ ^ 
Reflects on Remarkable Journey, '*-«to*»* 

Future Plans 

As Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall prepares for the next chapter in her lifelong learning 

journey, she shares her thoughts, dreams and hopes for IMSA, as well as her plans in ^^^^^i&> 

this final interview for NOVA as IMSA's founding president. Marshall will step down on 

June 30. 2007. 

NOVA: Of what accomplishments at IMSA are you • Our almost 3,400 graduates are making 
most proud and why? remarkable contributions to the world in 

every field of endeavor. 
Marshall: This question is almost too big— but, if 

I had to name the roots of my pride in IMSA, it • We have served more than 52,000 Illinois 
would be the extraordinary commitment, passion, students and 24,000 Illinois educators 

and love our students, alumni, staff and Boards have through a variety of innovative programs 

brought and continue to bring to learning and to offered through our Center, 

developing minds that intentionally seek , ^^^ students continue to excel by many 
to "give back" to the world. measures-traditional indicators (standardized rsUrntlace'Sall 

Twenty years ago, our Board articulated a philosophy tests, academic competitions, and scholarships) 

that said we would treat each child as if he/she was and nontraditional indicators (path breaking 

capable of significantly influencing life on the planet. research, generating new knowledge, and even 

Twenty years later, the IMSA community has entrepreneurial start-up companies). It is not an 

articulated a draft mission "to ignite and nurture accident that founding leaders of YouTube, 

creative, ethical scientific minds that advance the PayPal, Netscape, and YELP— just to name a 

human condition." few-are alumni of the Illinois Mathematics 

and Science Academy. INSIDE' 

It is this uncommon and uncompromising purpose 

and commitment... that will enable IMSA to remain NOVA: What does IMSA need to focus on during Alumni Awards 6,7 

an international trailblazer and incubator for its third decade? ^^^^^ Award 8 

innovation and imagination in STEM (Science, Marshall: Embrace its unique and unparalleled iMSA-ComEd CyberQuiz 

Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunity to become the world's leading 4KJds Challenge 9 

^'^""^'°"- teaching and learning laboratory for ^^^^^ Highlights 5 

There are, of course, more visible and tangible imagination and inquiry. IMSA is an F ri O ' 4 

accomplishments of which I am very proud. Here incubator, a think tank and a movement llvlSA f-und overview 

are just a few: generator. The convergence of these Service 10,11 

. three environments is a space IMSA Technology Immersion 
. We survived and thrived often against formidable ^^^ ^^^^^^p ^^^ ^^^^^^ p.^^^ JV ^^ 

challenges and our reputation as an exemplar in 

STEM education is internationally recognized. Continued on page 2 Thailand Education Collaborations 3 


A Pioneering Educational Community 


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy^ 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 
630/907 5000 


Dr. Luis Nunez 

Chemist, Chemistry Division 
Argonne National Laboratory 

Steven Isoye 

Principal, O'Plaine Campus 
Warren Township High School 

John H. McEachern, Jr. 

President/CEO, Retired 
Wayne Circuits, Inc. 

Carol Bernstein 

Wee President, Secretary and General Counsel 

Cabot Microelectronics 

Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean, College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Samuel E. Dyson 

Physics Teacher 

Walter Payton College Prep High School 

Sheila MB Griffin 

Griffin Holdings 

Jacklyn Naughton 

Science Teacher 

Niles North High School 

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius 

Director, Center for Talent Development 
Northwestern University 

Dr Chris Quigg 

Sen/or Theoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Erin W. Roche '89 


Ravenswood School 

Dr. Marsha Rosner 

Professor and Director 

Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Judy Erwin 

Executive Director 

Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Dr. Christopher Koch 

Interim State Superintendent 
Illinois State Board of Education 

Geoffrey S. Obrzut 


Illinois Community College Board 
Dr James Rydland 
Superintendent of Schools 
West Aurora School District 129 


Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

NOVA is published by the 
IMSA Office of Advancement. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 
Brenda Buschbacher 


Immersion in this extraordinary mind-field 
will enable us "to ignite and nurture 
creative and ethical scientific minds that 
advance the human condition." This is 
IMSA's promise. 

NOVA: What are you looking forward to 
the most as you look to the future? 

Marshall: In a nutshell, I'm looking forward 
to shifting my current time balance from 
primarily externally directed agendas, 
events, and activities to internally directed 
ones. Everyone knows that I am not retiring. 
Although I am stepping down as IMSA's 
president, my work and my connection to 
IMSA's work will continue. 

The title of my book, The Power To 
Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning 
and Schooling to Life offers the best 

response to this question. I will continue 
to work with pioneering policy and 
government leaders, business leaders, 
foundation leaders, and educational leaden 
to transform the current paradigm of 
learning and schooling in ways that honor 
children, develop their unknown capacities, 
ignite and nurture their astonishing gifts, 
and enroll them (while they are young) in 
the big questions and issues of our time, so 
that they may practice and participate in 
shaping a more just and sustainable world. 

It is this story that I will now tell, advance, 
shape and integrate into public discourse 
and public policy. 

Note: Read more about Dr Marshall's book 
and her views on leadership, learning and 
schooling at 

Reflections on Dr. Marshall. Their Words 

For nearly 20 years, IMSA has been led by a visionary educator and distinguished executive, 
its founding and sole President, Dr Stephanie Pace MarshalL While many have contributed to 
IMSA's success to date, clearly Dr Marshall's expertise, skills, passion, business and political 
acumen, and tireless advocacy for students and educators have made possible countless 
opportunities and achievements. The IMSA community, those we serve, the People of Illinois, 
and friends of IMSA in our nation and world have benefited significantly as a result of her 
outstanding leadership. 

Dr. Luis Nunez, Chairman, IMSA Board of TVustees 

If those of us involved in the early days can be credited with any significant contribution 
it would be the identification and hiring of Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall to lead us on this 
exciting Journey, one which has placed IMSA at the forefront of talent development in math 
and science in our state, nation and world. 

Jim Pearson, Director, IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education, 
Founding and Past Chairman, IMSA Board of Trustees 

Without her, IMSA would've remained merely an idea. Instead, because of her vision, 
persistence, stewardship and nurturing leadership, IMSA has grown to the preeminent 
institution it is today The successful entrepreneurs, educators, physicians, physicists, etc. 
that have come out of IMSA in so short a time is a testament to her vision. ■ ■ 

Samuel Choi '89, Karen Choi 

Stephanie Marshall's brilliant thesis invites us to think differently about learning and 
schooling both in the United States and around the globe. In fact, it does much more. It 
provides us with ways by which we can change our thinking about learning, and thus offers 
a new map for schooling that can excite all students and leaders of progressive education. 

f * 
Robert W. Galvin, Chairman Emeritus, Motorola Inc. on 
Dr. Marshall's book, rbe Vawet to naBsfonw Leader ~ 
that Brings Learning and ScbooUng to Life 




U.S. Department of State Invites IMSA Staff 
Member to Foster Educational Collaborations 
With Thailand 

When the U.S. Department of State invited 
IMSA staff member Dr. Raymond Dagenais 
(president of the Illinois Science Teachers 
Association from 2005-2007) to travel to 
Thailand to learn about the Thai culture 
and educational system, he knew it was 
a proposal he could not turn down. 

"With the already large numbers of 
students from other cultures in many 
school systems in the United States and 
the increasing quality of students coming 
out of science programs in other countries, 
it has become imperative that we better 
understand other approaches to science 
education as well as share our best 
practices with others striving to improve 
their science education programs," Dr. 
Dagenais said. 

Dagenais, who is a program development 
specialist at IMSA, spent a week in 
Thailand with Ministry of Education 
officials, university professors, heads of 
school science departments, school 
teachers and university students. 

During his stay, he made presentations to 
numerous audiences of eager Thailand 
educators at stops including Chiang Mai 
University, Mahidol Wittayanusorn School 
in Bangkok and Prince of Songkia 
University in Hat Yai. 

Dagenais spoke about a variety of 
educational topics including strategies and 
methods of gifted student identification 
and selection procedures, assessment of 

IMSA Staff Member Dr. Raymond Dagenais and Thailand Interpreter Dr, Thanit Pewnin 

Student performance, academic standards 
for science and mathematics and 
professional development in science and 

"The Thailand educators were particularly 
interested in the professional development 
presentation describing IMSA's Excellence 
2000+ Program, designed to prepare 
partner school teachers to work with their 
students during after school sessions to 
enrich their understanding of mathematics 
and science," Dagenais said. 

To learn more about IMSA's Excellence 
2000+ Program (E2K+) visit 

In the spring, IMSA will host a visit from 
Thailand educators who hope to gain just 
as much from their visit as Dagenais did 
from his. 

"This visit has spawned new ideas and 
promise for both educational communities. 
It is now time to move forward using what 
we share with and learn from other cultures.' 

_ th the already large numbers of students from other cultures 
in many school systems in the United States and the increasing 
quality of students coming out of science programs in other 
countries, it has become imperative that we better understand 
other approaches to science education as well as share our best 
practices with others striving to improve their science education 
programs. J J 

Dr. Raymond Dagenais 

IMSA Program Development Specialist 




James R. Thompson* 
Partner and Chairman of the 
Executive Committee 
Winston & Strawn 


Gregory K. Jones 

Chief Operating Officer 
Edgewater Funds 

William J. White 
Northwestern University 


John B. Hoesley '89 


Prism Capital Corporation 


Catherine C. Veal* 

Wee President for Strategy and Results 

Illinois Matherratics and Science Academy 

Michael J. Birck 

Pamela Blackwell 

President and COO 
Blackwell Consulting Services 

Ronald Bullock 

Chairman and CEO 

Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. 

G. Thomas Castino 

President and CEO (Retired) 
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

Benjamin Chelf '96 

Chief Technology Officer 
Coverity, Inc. 

Martin J. DIMarzio '95 


Deloitte Consulting 

Chelsy A. Hopper '92 

Business Analyst 

Deutsche Asset Management 

Herbert B. Knight 

Director of Corporate Planning (Retired) 

Fidel Marquez, Jr 

Vice President, External Affairs 

ComEd, An Exelon Company 

James D. Pearson 

President (Retired) 

Aurora Metals Division, LLC. 

Michael Sloan 

Adjunct Faculty 
Illinois Mathemati( 

Jarvis Yeh 
Maxx Products Internatic 

and Science Academy 


IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 

1 500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 

The IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education is a 
501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized under 
the Not-For-Profit Corporation Aa of the State of 
Illinois. The Fund was established and is maintained 
as a separate corporate entity for the purpose of 
benefiting, performing the functions of, or carrying 
out certain charitable, educational, literary and 
scientific purposes of IMSA, and to assist IMSA in 
achieving and furthering its education, research 
and service goals. The IMSA Fund receives and 
administers gifts and grants in support of IMSA's 
work to develop talent and leadership in science, 
technology engineering and math (STEM). 

IMSA Fund Establishes 
Endowment Program 

Primary Fund Named to Honor IMSA's Founding President 
By Jennifer Spuehler, Director of Development 

In November 2006, the IMSA Fund Board of 
Directors voted to establish an endowment 
program. To honor Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall's 20 years of stellar leadership as 
IMSA's founding president, the Board has 
named the primary endowment fund the 
Stephanie Pace Marshall Endowment to 
ignite Innovation. 

[Note: Dr. Marshall is stepping down as IMSA's 
President effective June 30, 2007]. 

The Marshall Endowment fund will provide 
annual support for IMSA to seed 
innovation, build strategic capacity and 
respond to significant unanticipated 
opportunities, as approved by the IMSA 
Fund Board. This fund will give IMSA much- 
needed agility and flexibility it simply does 
not have with state appropriations and 
restricted grants and gifts. 

Michael Suh, IMSA '97, an early major gift 
donor to the Marshall Endowment fund, 
put it this way: " endowment 
represents the Board's and donors' 
commitment to IMSA's future... instead of 
filling all of today's holes, an endowment 
enables projects and initiatives which have 

Other Highlights: 

The IMSA Fund gratefully acknowledges the 
generous support of major grant funders, 

• Grand Victoria Foundation, $130,000, 
to support IMSA's Problem-Based 
Learning work with schools, teachers 
and students in the Fox Valley area 
and the preparation of PBL materials 
for expansion statewide and beyond. 

• ComEd, An Exelon Company, $90,000, 
to support the IMSA-ComEd CyberQuiz 
4Kids Challenge. The challenge, available 
at, features stimulating 
mathematics and science brainteasers 
and word problems for Illinois students 
in grades six through nine. 

• Lehman Brothers Foundation, $60,000, 
to support IMSA's outreach programs. 

• Polk Bros. Foundation, $40,000, to 
support IMSA's Minority Recruitment 
and Retention efforts. 

• Donors to the IMSA Fund also are 
supporting IMSA20 celebrations. 

yet to be conceived to have the opportunity 
to change the way we think of education 
and learning when that time comes. And 
certainly that will be money well spent." | 

Gifts of any amount will be accepted for I 
the Marshall Endowment fund. ' 

In addition to the Marshall Endowment 
fund, the IMSA Fund will now accept 
contributions for named endowment funds 
restricted for specific programs or projerts I 
of interest to a donor and to IMSA. A 
minimum initial gift of $20,000 is required I 
to establish a fund. The first named I 

endowment fund has been established by 
the Nayak Foundation Charitable Trust. 
Nicholas and Anjuli Nayak, parents of 
Zachary Nayak '02, established this fund to j 
support IMSA students who wish to learn ] 
about grant writing. Earnings from this ' 

fund will help purchase resources, hire ' 

tutors or speakers, and pay for students j 

to attend workshops on grant writing. ] 

For more information on the IMSA Fund's 
new endowment program, contact Jennifer 
Spuehler, Director of Development, at or (630) 907-5989. 

On October 7, 2006, IMSA celebrated its 
20th anniversary with members of the IMSA 
community whose "bold ideas" and "world- 
class results" have made IMSA a leader in 
developing talent and leadership in 
mathematics, science and technology for 
our state, nation and world. We appreciate 
all the efforts of the volunteers, and are 
especially grateful to the alumni, parents, 
current and former faculty and staff, and 
corporations who made contributions to a 
highly successful event. 

The IMSA 20th Anniversary Celebration 
Dinner will take place on April 20, 2007 at 
Tellabs. This event will honor distinguished 
alumni and individuals who demonstrate 
strong and enduring leadership on behalf 
of IMSA and their fields of endeavor. This 
event is made possible by the generous 
support from corporate sponsors such as 
Tellabs, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Cabot 
Microelertronics, ComEd, An Exelon 
Company and ITW. For more information, 


IMSA20: A Time to Recognize Bold Ideas 
and World-Class Results 

Honorees to Be Recognized at IMSA's 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 20, 2007. 
For more information about the event, contact 

One of IMSA's "20 cakes for 20 years" proclaims "Bold Ideas 
and World-Class Results " 

IMSA20 Dinner-October 2006 (standing left to right) IMSA Fund Board 
member William White, Marlene Pearson, Jane White, Fund Board 
members James Pearson and Herbert Knight and (seated) Nancy Knight. 

Convocation-August 2006 (left to right) Principal Dr. Eric McLaren, 
Convocation Speaker and First Lieutenant Kenyatta Ruffin '99, President 
Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Resident Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman, Student 
Council President John Li and cellist Chris Trigg '05. 

IMSA20 Dinner-October 2006 (left to right) IMSA parents Lorna 
Ruddy, Mary Corrigan, Gina Zager, Charles Corrigan and Dave Zager. 

IMSA20 Dinner-October 2006 (left to right) Ryan Armour '99, 
Amanda Armour '99, Jennifer Peek Wylie '92 and Joseph Wylie '92. 

IMSA students test their bouncing skills during the September 2006 
IMSA20 Student Carnival hosted by the Residential Life staff. 

Photos by Kaus Photography 



IMSA Launches Board of Trustees Alumni Awards Program] 

To celebrate IMSA's 20th Anniversary, the 
IMSA Board of Trustees Alumni Awards 
Program was unveiled in the fall of 2006. 
The Alumni Awards recognize the men and 
women of IMSA who deliver outstanding 
contributions to their field of endeavor, to 
IMSA, and to the citizens of Illinois, our 
nation and world. 

The Alumni Award recipients will be 
recognized at IMSA's 20th Anniversary 
Celebration to be held on April 20, 2007 
at Naperville-based Tellabs. For more 
information about the event, contact 

IMSA Board of Trustees Chairman Dr Luis 
Nunez said the board was extremely 
impressed by the quality of the nominees. 

"Although most of these IMSA graduates 
are only in their 20s and 30s, many have 
attained goals which are beyond their 
years," Dr. Nunez said. "IMSA and the 
entire state of Illinois can be extremely 
proud of these leaders." 

IMSA President Dn Stephanie Pace Marshall 
said the Alumni Awards program 
demonstrates IMSA's "return on 
investment" and impact on citizens in 
Illinois and beyond during IMSA's 20th 
Anniversary year 

"We congratulate all of our outstanding 
IMSA alumni who serve as wonderful role 
models for our students, as well as role 
models in their own communities, fields of 
endeavor and the world in which we live," 
Dr Marshall said. 

Three categories of awards were given: the 
Alumni Trailblazer Award, the Alumni 
Distinguished Leadership Award and the 
Alumni Titan Award. 

The Alumni Award Categories 

The Alumni Trailblazer Award is bestowed 
when merited and honors alumni who 
personify IMSA's philosophy statement that 
there will be alumni who "create new 
intellectual worlds, cure a dreaded human 
ailment or in some other way significantly 
influence life on our planet." The 
outstanding achievements of these 

honorees will have earned national or 
international prominence for a ground- 
breaking or sweeping initiative that 
has redefined and improved the way 
significant numbers of citizens live, 
learn or work. 

The Alumni Distinguished Leadership 
Award, an annual award, goes to alumni 
who have made distinguished achievements 
or leadership contributions in their 
professional fields of endeavor consistent 
with IMSA's mission. The awardees also 
may be recognized for significant civic or 
community contributions or for 
extraordinary courage and selflessness 
under challenging circumstances. 

The Alumni Titan Award, an annual 
award, honors alumni, who through 
outstanding service to IMSA, advance 
the institution's mission and work. The 
honorees are enthusiastic and energetic 
IMSA champions who dedicate significant 
time, talent and/or treasure to endeavors 
that help the Academy fulfill its role in 
developing talent and leadership in 
mathematics, science and technology 
for our state, nation and world. 

The Alumni Award Recipients 

For complete profiles of the following 
12 Alumni Award recipients, visit 
wvwv. imsa.edulalumnilawards. 

The Alumni Trailblazer 
Award Recipients: 

Robert McCool '91 

Rob McCool '91 
along with his twin 
brother and fellow 
IMSA graduate Mike, 
served on the team 
at the University of 
Illinois at Urbana- 
Champaign that created Mosaic, the Internet 
Browser used to start Netscape. In addition, 
McCool is the original creator of the NCSA 
HTTP Web server which later evolved into 
the Apache HTTP Web server The Apache 
HTTP continues to be the most popular 
Web server in use. / 


Ramez Naam '90 

Ramez Naam served 

as the Group Program 

Manager for MSN 

Search at Microsoft 

Corporation. There, he 

led the development 

of the revolutionary 

search engine by which 360 million 

individuals worldwide can both quickly and 

precisely find answers to their queries on 

the World Wide Web in 20 languages each 

month. Naam also is a published author 

Yu Pan '95 

Yu Pan '95 is one 

of the six founding 

team members of 

PayPal, an eBay 

company that has 

revolutionized the 

way people do '^'''" 

business on the Internet. Pan currently 

works in engineering and product 

development at the hottest Web site on 

the Internet, YouTube { 

The Alumni Distinguished 
Leadership Award Recipients: 

Benjamin Chelf '96 

Ben Chelf is Chief 
Technology Officer 
and a founder of 
Coverity, Inc., which 
provides state-of-the- 
art automated source 
code analysis for 
customers as varied as NASA, IBM, Sun 
Microsystems, the Lawrence Livermore 
National Laboratory and Naperville-based 
Tellabs. Coverity was recently recognized in 
The Wall Street Journal for The Journal's 
Technology Awards. 

12 Alumni to Be Recognized in April 2007 

Scott Gaudi '91 

Scott Gaudi, Ph.D., 

was named by 

DISCOVER magazine 

as "one of the 20 

scientists to watch 

in the next 20 years" 

and already has 

discovered two planets. As reported in 

National Geographic, his most recent 

discovery is a new, low-mass planet 

found using a microlensing technique. 

Noah Rosenberg '93 

Noah Rosenberg, 

Ph.D., is a pioneering, 


researcher in the 

fields of mathematics, 

evolution and 

genetics. In 2003, 

Rosenberg's article Genetic Structure of 

Human Populations was named The Lancet 

Biomedical Research Paper of the Year. 

Terri Willard '89 

Terri Willard is a 

Rhodes Scholar, Henry 

Luce Scholar, Hearst 

Senate Youth Program 

Scholar, Georgetown 

School of Foreign 

Service Scholar and a 

National Merit Scholar As a project 

manager for the International Institute for 

Sustainable Development (USD) in Canada, 

Terri has led numerous global initiatives 

including the Youth Creating Digital 

Opportunities Coalition and the Sustainable 

Development Communications Network. 

Williamson '91 

Tuwanda Williamson, 

M.D., worked for 

Direct Relief 

International as the 

director of a medical 

team delivering care 

to 40,000 isolated villagers along the Rio 

Beni River in Bolivia. Williamson currently 

works as a physician in inner-city Chicago 

and also is the director of a local center 

that provides care through local churches 
to those most in need. 

The Alumni Titan Award Recipients: 

Michael Brody '96 

Michael Brody is an 
active member of the 
IMSA President's 
Alumni Advisory 
Council and has 
participated in ^^^ 

numerous IMSA ^^■k .^v 

events including a faculty-led forum on 
Agroterrorism, IMSA Convocation and the 
Hollister Memorial Lecture. Brody now 
serves on the Board of Trustees' Presidential 
Search Committee. 

Andrea Croll '97 

Andrea (Ande) Croll 

has served as the 

IMSA Alumni 

Association President 

since 2005, leading 

and coordinating 

lAA volunteer efforts 

in cooperation with IMSA staff. Under her 

leadership, the lAA cabinet achieved 100% 

participation in the IMSA Annual Fund. In 

addition, Ande has served as the Alumni 

Liaison to the IMSA Board of Trustees 

since 2003. 

John Hoesley '89 

As Treasurer of the 

IMSA Fund for 

Advancement of 

Education, John 

Hoesley is the first 

alumnus to serve as 

an officer on this 

Board. Hoesley's expert counsel informed 

the design and start-up of IMSA's TALENT 

program (Total Applied Learning for 

Entrepreneurs), and he provides helpful 

guidance and support in alumni relations 

and development. 

Douglas Pratt '97 

Doug Pratt is the 

immediate past 

president of the IMSA 

Alumni Association 

(lAA) (2003-2005) and 

served on the lAA 

Cabinet as an at-large 

member from 2001-2003 and 2005-2006. 

Through his efforts, the lAA president now 

serves as an official liaison to the IMSA 

Board of Trustees. In addition, he helped 

to identify and facilitate the appointment 

of the first IMSA alumnus to serve as a 

voting Trustee. 


IMSA's Excellence 2000+ Program Honored as 
"Best Practice" at Bayer Corporation's STEM 
Education Diversity Forum 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy's Excellence 2000+ Program 
(E2K+) was featured by the Bayer 
Corporation as one of seven "Best Practice 
Secondary STEM Education Programs" 
nationwide at the company's first-ever 
STEM education diversity forum, held in 
Washington, D.C. in September. 

E2K+ Program Director Dr Susan Bisinger 
said the event, attended by federal and 
state elected officials, government 
agencies, and industry and trade 
organizations, was an excellent 
opportunity to learn about other "best 
practice" programs in science, technology 
engineering and mathematics (STEM) from 
throughout the country, as well as 
showcase IMSA's E2K+ Program. 

"I was thrilled to participate in the forum, 
and of course I love to talk about E2K+," 
Bisinger said. "Our IMSA team knows that 
students and teachers love the E2K+ 
program, and the invitation from Bayer 
was a further affirmation that we're doing 
the right things to keep middle school kids 
interested and motivated about math, 
science and technology." 

IMSA Excellence 2000+ (E2K+) is an after- 
school enrichment program for Illinois 
middle school students who are talented, 
interested and motivated in mathematics 
and science. IMSA E2K+ places a special 
emphasis on students who are historically 

underrepresented and underserved in 
mathematics and science. The program 
provides on-going professional 
development for the participating Illinois 
middle school teachers. Currently, there 
are 39 active E2K+ sites throughout Illinois. 
During the first six years, the program was 
conducted at 62 sites with over 3500 
students participating. 

The forum, entitled Bridging the Diversity 
Gap in Science and Engineering: 
Introducing STEM Industries to K-12 Best 
Practice Programs, showcased a number of 
best practice pre-college STEM education 
programs that had a "proven track record 
of helping students, particularly girls and 
underrepresented minorities, to participate 
and achieve in STEM." 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation's first 
African-American female astronaut, a 
chemical engineer, physician and CEO of 
an emerging STEM company served as the 
moderator of the daylong event. In 
addition, IMSA Resident Scholar and Nobel 
Laureate in Physics Dr. Leon Lederman 
presented the keynote address. 

Bayer Corporation President and CEO Dr. 
Attila Molnar said the forum came at a 
critical time for our country. 

"One of the biggest challenges the United 
States faces today is the dwindling number 
of scientists and engineers that graduate 

from our colleges at a time when we also 
face increasing competition in all 
technological areas from other countries," 
Dr. Molnar said. "At the same time, there 
exists in this country a vast untapped 
talent pool of those American students 
who traditionally have been 
underrepresented in STEM fields, including 
women, African-Americans, Hispanic 
Americans and Native Americans." 

IMSA E2K+ began with seven initial pilot 
sites during the 2000-2001 academic year 
at the request of the Illinois General 
Assembly, with the strong support of the 
Speaker of the House and Governor Each 
site serves 20 to 30 students and three 
teachers. It is modeled, in part, after the 
highly successful after-school Mitchell 
Excellence 2000 enrichment program in 
Israel for junior high school students 
"living in the Israeli periphery." Additional 
Excellence 2000+ programs operate in 
Iowa and New York. 

"The ultimate purpose of the forum is to 
further raise awareness and foster this 
talent pool by showcasing for STEM 
industry executives successful programs 
they may want to support and/or replicate 
in their local communities - something 
many of them indicate they wish to do, " 
said Dr Molnar, referring to the results of a 
survey that Bayer released in May. 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy's E2K+ Project Direaor Dr. 
Susan Bisinger (sixth from left) with her six fellow panelists, all of whom 
presented their best practice science, technology, engineering and math, 
or STEM, secondary education programs at Bayer Corporation's recent 
STEM Education Diversity Forum in Washington, D.C. Dr Mae C. Jemison 
(fifth from left), astronaut and science literacy spokesperson for Bayer's 
/Making Science Make Sense*/ initiative, served as moderator. The other 
panelists included (from left to right): Morton Slater, Director, Gateway 
Institute for Pre-College Education; Ghanya Thomas, Program Director, 
Biotech Partners; Niel Tebbano, Vice President, Project Lead The Way; 
Cecilia Hernandez, Manager, American Chemical Society's Project 
SEED; Leann Yoder, Executive Director, Junior Engineering 
Technical Society (JETS); and Lorraine Mulfinger, Director, 
Science in Motion. 

students Throughout Illinois Take the 
IMSA-ComEd CyberQuiz 4Kids Challenge 

students at Hinsdale Middle School have 
risen to the "challenge" again, and again, 
and. ..again! 

In fact, students there are so enthusiastic 
about the IMSA-ComEd CyberQuiz 4Kids 
Challenge that they have received a plaque 
three months in a row (October-December 
2006) for having the most correct 
responders. Their efforts also are being 
recognized in January 2007 by their Board 
of Education. 

The IMSA - ComEd CyberQuiz 4Kids 
Challenge located at 
features stimulating mathematics and 
science brainteasers and word problems 
for Illinois students in grades six through 
nine. The IMSA - ComEd CyberQuiz 4Kids 
supports classroom learning by enhancing 
student interest and motivation in 
mathematics and science. The project is 
made possible thanks to the support of 
ComEd, An Exelon Company. 

Launched in January 2006, CyberQuiz 
4Kids attracted 1300 student participants 
during the first year of the program. 

This is good news to ComEd, sponsor of 
the annual program. 

"Industries like ComEd need innovative 
technical and scientific leaders," said Steve 
Solomon, ComEd's Senior Manager of 
Corporate Citizenship. "It's important that 
youth develop a love for mathematics and 
science at a young age so they can pursue 
demanding college programs in 
mathematics, science and technology." 

Students who submit correct answers to 
one of the monthly CyberQuiz challenges 
are entered into a monthly random prize 
drawing for an iPod. In addition, those 
students are entered into an annual 
random grand prize drawing for an Apple 
portable computer or four tickets to Six 
Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. 

In 2006, student prize winners were from 
Lena, Lindenhurst, Morton, Naperville, 
Peotone and South Elgin, Illinois. 

Every student who submits a correct 
answer to one of the monthly online 
CyberQuiz challenges also receives an 
IMSA-ComEd certificate of achievement 
and an invitation to attend a special 
recognition event at IMSA. 

Commonwealth Edison Company, ComEd, 
is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon 
Corporation (NYSE; EXC) one of the 
nation's largest electric utilities with 
approximately 5.2 million customers and 
more than $15 billion in annual revenues. 
ComEd provides service to approximately 
3.7 million customers across Northern 
Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's 


(left to right) Steve Solomon, ComEd Senior IVIanager of Corporate Citizenship, Jason 
Rock, IMSA Junior Class of 2008, Jane St. Pierre, IMSA Director of Marketing and 
Communications, Paula Conrad, ComEd Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Margaret 
Hernandez, IMSA CyberQuiz 4Kids Coordinator 


Service to Illinois and Beyond 

Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 
I MSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall was featured in the January 2007 
edition of Chicago magazine in an article 
entitled "The Brain Behind Brainiac High" 
featuring IMSA's educational program. 

Dennis Czerny and Audrey Wells, members 
of the English faculty, received certification 
with the National Board of Professional 
Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Nearly 30% 
of IMSA faculty members are now certified 
by NBPTS as National Board Certified 
Teachers (NBCT). Czerny and Wells now 
join a group of only 1,986 other NBCTs 
in the state of Illinois. 

World Languages French teacher Willa 
Shultz was selected to receive the Illinois 
Council on the Teaching of Foreign 
Languages 2006 Distinguished Service 
to Foreign Language Learning Award. 
The awards were established in 1988 to 
honor outstanding foreign language 
educators in the field of foreign 
language teaching and research. 

IMSA World Languages Faculty 
Member Willa Shultz 

Mathematics teacher Dr. Michael Keyton 

presented Triangle Centers in November 
as part of the Elmhurst College 
Department of Mathematics & Physics 
Fall 2006 Seminar Series. 

Matthew Wicks, associate director of 
operations for the Illinois Virtual High 
School, served as the chairperson for 
the Virtual School Symposium Annual 
Conference October 23-24 in Denver, CO. 
In addition. Wicks sen/ed as a contributing 
writer to the article, "Measuring Outcomes 
in K-12 Online Education Programs, the 
Need for Common Metrics," published 
in Vol. 3 Issue 3 of the United States 
Distance Learning Association Distance 
Learning magazine. 

Carl Heine, project director for the 21st 
Century Information Fluency Program, 
presented Five Tilings Digital Natives 
Cannot Do at the Illinois School Library 
Media Association conference and the 
Illinois Education and Technology 
conference in November. 

IMSA Kids Institute- Program Assistant 
Tracy Miller and Science Specialist Kit 
Pfeifer presented the IMSA on Wheels 
program model at the 2006 Illinois Science 
Teachers Association (ISTA) annual 
conference in November 

Director of Curriculum, Assessment and 
Research Dr. David Abler was invited by 
the Office of the Chinese Language 
Council International to be a member of 
a U.S. educator delegation that traveled 
to China for a one-week educational tour 
in July 2006. During their stay, the 
delegation learned about the educational 
system in China and discovered ways 
to bring the Chinese language into 
their classrooms. 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 
Senior Francisco Saldana of Chicago was 
one of only 10 international students 
selected to participate in the International 
IT-Gifted Youth Camp held at the 
Information and Communications 
University in Daejeon, Korea, August 7-11, 
2006. The primary goal of the program is 
to stimulate interest and achievement in IT 
among high school students in the world. 

IMSA senior Nora Xu 

IMSA senior Noru Xu of Naperville is 
among 40 finalists from throughout the 
nation and several other countries named 
in the 66th Intel Science Talent Search. Xu, 
the only finalist from Illinois, will compete 
for more than $530,000 in scholarships. In 
addition, IMSA students named semi- 
finalists include seniors Chaoran Chen of 
Westmont, Susan Dittmer of St. Charles, 
Mahesh Vidula of Napen/ille and Lilly Zhu 
of Burr Ridge. 

A team of four IMSA seniors were one of 
only five in the world to receive the 
ranking of "National Outstanding" in 
the ninth international High School 
Mathematical Contest in Modeling 
competition (HiMCM). The students 
were Hon Lung Chu of Chicago, Dennis 
Kriventsov of Arlington Heights, Francisco 
Saldana of Chicago and Caleb Wang of 
Vernon Hills. A second IMSA team 

IMSA senior Francisco Saldana 


including junior Justin Johnson of Aurora, 
junior Adam Novak and senior Nathan 
Pierson of Naperville and junior Parker 
Schmitt of Winnetka received the rank of 
"Regional Outstanding." 

IMSA seniors Victor Liou of Elk Grove 
Village, Mahesh Vidula of Naperville, Fan 
Zhang of Streannwood and Lilly Zhu of 
Burr Ridge were four of only six semi- 
finalists from Illinois in the national 2006- 
07 Siemens Competition in Mathematics, 
Science and Technology. 

IMSA junior Marilyn Blasingame of 
Belvidere was selected as an ACTR Russian 
Scholar Laureate for 2006. Only 62 Russian 
students nationwide were selected as 
ACTR (American Council of Teachers of 
Russian) scholars. 

IMSA sophomore Yifei Huang of Naperville 
was selected to the All-State Orchestra at 

the All-State Music Convention in Peoria. 
In addition, juniors Rachel Banke of 
Shabbona, Josh Cote of Winnebago and 
Colin Johnston of Bristol also were selected 
for the Honors All-State Orchestra. 

Alumni Achievements 

Recent examples include: 
Dr. Mia Markey '94, was chosen as the 
recipient of the 2006 AMIA (American 
Medical Informatics Association) New 
Investigator Award. The award recognizes 
an individual for "early informatics 
contributions and significant scholarly 
contributions on the basis of scientific 
merit and research excellence." Dr. Markey 
is an assistant professor in The University 
of Texas Department of Biomedical 
Engineering and also directs the Biomedical 
Informatics Lab. She is currently designing 
computer software to help radiologists 

detert the signs of breast cancer most 
commonly missed in mammograms. 

Christy Lee '92, was named by Peoria 
Magazines as one of the "40 Leaders 
Under Forty." Christy is an engineering 
supervisor with the Product Research and 
Development Team at Caterpillar, Inc. She 
received the Caterpillar Technology & 
Solutions Division recognition for playing 
an active role in a research program to 
develop a wireless structural health 
monitoring system in conjunction with 
experts from Caterpillar and other 

Steve Chen '95 is one of the co-founders 
of YouTube, named by Time Magazine as 
its "Invention of the Year for 2006." 

For the Second Year, the College Board 
Advanced Placement Program (AP) 
Recognizes IMSA as "Best in the World" 

In the 2006 and 2007 Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, 
IMSA was recognized as having the strongest results in the world 
among like-size schools for AP Physics C: Mechanics and for AP 
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism. 

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IMSA/IVHS Chosen to Provide Professional Developmen 
in State's Technology Immersion Pilot Project 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy (IMSA) has been chosen to play a 
key role in the Illinois Technology Immersion 
Pilot Projert (TIPP), aimed at helping to 
bridge the digital divide in Illinois middle 
schools by providing individual students 
access to on-demand digital learning 
resources through personal laptops. 

Unveiled by Governor Rod Blagojevich, Lt. 
Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois State Board 
of Education in the fall of 2006, the 
Technology Immersion Pilot Project, a 
three-year pilot, will bring a one-to-one 
wireless computing environment to more 
than 1700 sixth grade students and their 
teachers in 18 schools throughout the 
state. The goal of the program is to bring 
laptop computers into the classrooms to 
help improve student achievement and 
"anytime, anywhere" access to learning. 

"We live in a technology-driven age where 
computers are essential tools in most 

industries and workplaces," said Gov. 
Blagojevich. "But computers can also be 
valuable tools as part of the learning 
process. With this pilot program, we'll give 
students another resource for learning, 
and, at the same time, help them develop 
technology skills that will help them compete 
when they're finished with school and ready 
to enter the workforce," he added. 

The professional development component 
of TIPP will be provided by the Illinois 
Virtual High School (administered by 
IMSA), through online courses and on site 
sessions with teachers, administrators and 
technology support staff in the seven 
distrirts chosen to receive grants for the 
projert. These distrirts include: City of 
Chicago School Distrirt 299, Community 
Consolidated School Distrirt 59 (Arlington 
Heights), Woodstock Community Unit 
School Distrirt 200, Joliet Public School 
Distrirt 86, Springfield School Distrirt 186, 

Southeastern Community Unit School 
Distrirt 337 (Bowen) and Calhoun 
Community Unit Distrirt 40. 

The primary goal of the professional 
development is to help educators integra- 
laptop computers into teaching and 
learning in order to achieve the academic 
improvement plans created by each 
school's technology immersion committee 

IMSA was a founding partner of the III 
Virtual High School and today fully 
manages and administers the program or 
behalf of the Illinois State Board of 
Education. Since the 2000-01 year, the 
IVHS has provided "anytime, anyplace" 
online offerings to thousands of students 
in high school and some middle school 
classroom throughout Illinois. Today, one 
of out every three high schools in Illinois 
uses IVHS services. 


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